The Making of Joy of Flowers

“Joy of Flowers” was created for an online quilt competition organised by Husqvarna India.  To see my entry “Joy of Flowers” click on this link: My entry.

I must give credit to my beautiful son for coming up with the creative concept based on a photo taken by my husband in Floriade, Canberra.  The photo was of a bed of tulips against the lovely clear blue sunny Australian Sky.

This would be my first true art quilt and and also first quilt that I actually completed all on my own, right up to the quilting.  I have been observing art quilts for years and have read on it and also taken a class on how to create these.  The most common method used to produce art quilts is by raw edged applique.  However, for me that seemed incomplete and also at that time I was not too good with my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) so would not have been able to successfully quilt over the raw edges, so I decided to use the traditional piecing method.  Once I decided on my course of action I then set to work on the execution of this concept.

I started by doing a sketch of the design using a paper and colour pencils and worked out all the measurements and colours I was going to use.  Later on when my quilt got accepted by the Australian Patchwork & Quilting (AP&Q), I created the whole design on EQ 7, by tracing the image and working on custom blocks.  This was my first original design created on EQ 7.

The colour palette used for the quilts was to give authenticity to the colours in the photo.  The tulips were a classic Red and Yellow/Orange and leafy Green colour was used for the leaves.  The colour of the sky reflected the blueness of a spring sky so I chose a myriad of blues from smoky blue to sky blue and the fabrics used near the sun were a range of sunny yellows.  The grass colours were to give an illusion of green grass on garden bed of brown soil.
 The quilting was done by using the walking foot method and that was actually my first time that I confidently quilted an entire quilt on my own.  I chose to finish off the quilt by using a facing rather than a binding at the edge.  I often use this method when I want the viewer of the quilts to focus more on the quilt design.
 This quilt was then accepted by the AP&Q magazine as its cover quilt in July 2016 and recently in March 2017, in a readers competition the AP&Q cover chosen as the most liked was the one with “Joy of Flowers” on it.
 Please have a look at the photo gallery on how the quilt was made.
Sketch of the quilt concept
Sketch of the quilt concept
This concept was developed a photo taken by my husband at Floriade, Canberra
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Hand prints and Stamps Quilt

“Hand prints and Stamps Quilt” is a quilt made for my son Murtaza and was given to him for his 21st birthday.  We designed this quilt to encompass his childhood memories.

To make this quilt special for Murtaza we came up with this concept of using stamps from his collection and his hand prints made on a tea towel in Kindergarten.  The stamps were very tiny (possibly 1.5” x 1”), which were then scanned on my CanoScan LiDE 200.  Once scanned, the image was enlarged to fit an A4 size printable fabric sheet.  Printable fabric sheets are available from any good quilt store.  They can be fed through any normal ink jet printer and uses the same ink used on paper. Once the image was printed, I peeled it off and hand-washed the printed fabric sheets to ensure that there was no colour run.  Once dry, the picture was allowed to set for 24 hours before ironing.  I then used my Husqavarna SE to do a ric rac type of edging with my embroidery thread to give it a stamp like finish.

The finished stamp images were then sewed onto a piece of fabric to give it a framed look as shown in the images below.

 Quilt Layout

The Quilt layout is essentially a plain rectangular centre piece, border 1 – two inches wide and border 2 – about 15 to 20 inches wide.

 The stamp images and hand prints were placed in the rectangular centre piece to give a lovely scattered effect as shown in the picture below.



The quilt was quilted using free motion stipple quilting design. This was my very first quilt, where I ventured to quilt, using the free motion quilting technique.  The borders were professionally quilted.  I am sorry I don’t have a close up of the quilted borders.

Finished Quilt